Phang Nga SightseeingThe Best Of Phang Nga Province
Khao Lak – Phang Nga Example Itinerary
• Pick up from your hotel in Khao Lak and drive through the local villages towards Phang Nga.
• Visit Samet Nangshe viewpoint for an amazing panoramic view over Phang Nga Bay.
• Head back down the hill for a short drive to Suwankuha monkey cave temple.
• Drive out to Bang Pat stilted fishing village on the edge of Phang Nga Bay. Take a short longtail boat ride though the mangroves that surround the village, before enjoying a delicious local style lunch.
• Explore the Thai representations of heaven and hell at Tham Ta Pan temple and climb to the top of the view point tower that overlooks the town.
• Sample some award winning traditional satay from a famous local restaurant, and take a tour of Phang Nga street-art.
THBAdult: 2,900 THB
Child: 1,800 THB (4-12 years)
Pick Up Time: 08:00-08:30
Tour Duration: Average 6-8 hours
Group Size: 4-10 people (larger groups on request)
** PLEASE BE AWARE ** When visiting temples in Thailand shoulders and knees must be covered. This applies to both men and women. Respectable T-shirts and knee length shorts are fine.
• Round-Trip Transfers
• Local style lunch
• Entrance Fees
Things to Bring
• Sun Hats & Sunglasses
• Personal Spending Money
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• Unique Cultures
• Amazing Panoramic Views
• Rich & Interesting History
Phang Nga province is famous for stunning views and landscapes, and the first stop of the day is certainly one to remember.
After leaving from Khao Lak, we soon arrive at the very edge of Phang Nga Bay. Here we drive up the mountain road to the stunning Samet Nangshe viewpoint. From here you can see the giant limestone mountains and islands growing out of the sea. There is plenty of time to enjoy a cup of coffee while you drink in the stunning views, before heading back down to continue your adventure.
From the base of Samet Nangshe, it is just a short drive to Suwankuha cave temple. Wat Suwankuha is one of the oldest and most famous temples in Phang Nga Province. The ancient part of the temple is made up of several inter-linking caves. The largest cave is the main shrine with a large reclining Buddha statue. Outside the temple is a popular hang out place for monkeys.
Explore Phang Nga Town
The next stop is the stilted fishing village of Bang Pat. The first inhabitants arrived in the early 1950s, and built wooden huts on stilts over the water in the middle the mangrove forests. Here we stop for a fresh local seafood lunch, and take a short longtail boat ride around the village.
We next head back into town, and to one of the weirdest, and most unique temples in Thailand. Wat Tham Ta Pan graphicly illustrates the local ideas of heaven and hell with often beautiful statues representing heaven and enlightenment, followed by grotesque statues of mutilated and tortured souls of those who stray from the path of goodness.
In one part of the temple, you can climb the tower and look out over Phang Nga town to the sea.
Before heading back to Khao Lak, there is still plenty of time to sample some award-winning satay from a famous local restaurant, and take a quick tour of the modern Phang Nga street art.
Phang Nga Province
Phang Nga Province is located between Krabi and the Island of Phuket, on the West coast of Thailand. The province is often said to be one of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes in Thailand. With jungle covered mountains, white sandy beaches, healthy coral reefs and impressive limestone cliffs.
Up until the early 1800’s, Phang Nga was know as Kraphu Nga. During this period many of the surrounding provinces were occupied by the Burmese. Including the island of Phuket, then known as Thalang. In 1824, Siamese troops succeeded in driving out the Burmese, and King Rama III renamed the area Phang Nga. It is believed that the word “phang Nga” comes from the Malay word “panhan”, which would indicate that the area was already populates by aboriginal tribes such as the Orang Asli and Semeng tribes. The area was propmoted to provincial status in 1933.
In the late 18th century, Phang Nga became the center of the tin mining trade. During this period, entrepreneurs and workers came from all over the world to make their fortune in the tin mines. A large number of these new arrivals came from China. Their descendants still make up a large portion of the population to this day. These days the tin mining industry has mostly dried up and moved on.
In modern times, Phang Nga province is making its mark on the tourist trail thanks to its rich natural beauty. The main tourist area in Phang Nga Province is Khao Lak. Although Khao Lak is fast becoming a popular Thai holiday destination, it is much more peaceful and relaxed than many of nearby resorts in Phuket. There are no busy nightclubs, bars or nightlife areas. The beaches are free from pushy hawkers, sunbeds and jet skis. Instead Khao Lak focuses on promoting a relaxed atmosphere and natural beauty.
Some of the most famous National Parks in Thailand are located in Phang Nga Province. The Ao Phang Nga National Park has been made famous by several international movies which have been filmed in Phang Nga Bay. Most famously The Man With The Golden Gun feature the bay as one of the key locations, hence the famous James Bond Island.
Is Phang Nga part of Phuket?
No, Phang Nga province is connected to Phuket Island by the Sarasin Bridge. Phang Nga lies between Phuket, Krabi, Ranong and Surat Thani Provinces on the mainland.
Is this trip good for kids?
This trip is perfect for kids! There is no long distances to travel and no big groups.
Our team are highly experienced at running tours with children of all ages and will happily help you and your kids have the best time.
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